Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights
The memories of a walk on the Tour du Mont Blanc will stay with you forever!
The Tour du Mont Blanc trek is demanding – climbing six passes, traversing around huge glaciers and hiking through spectacular alpine scenery – but incredibly rewarding.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is a classic walking adventure and is justly famous as one of the world's best Alpine treks; every step of the way offers jaw-dropping scenery with many points of interest along the way.
Every single step offers incredible mountain scenery: unfolding panoramas of glaciers and jagged peaks, meadows with alpine cows and wildflowers, ibex, friendly marmots, verdant forest, and refuges perched spectacularly on mountain passes.
No dormitories here. Our Alps trips use a mixture of small hotels and refuges with private rooms so you can come back to a comfortable room each night and get a good night's sleep - an essential component for your enjoyment where you are working hard on the trails each day.
We have our own staff of experienced and qualified International Mountain leaders. Not only do they know the trek routes exceptionally well but they will excel in looking after you; your safety is our priority in an alpine environment. All our guides are native English speakers, so clear communication is never an issue.
We have our own experienced driver who meets our clients and takes charge of the luggage delivery each day with his private vehicle, no mules here. We supplement the food provided by the refuges with fresh food items every day brought in by our driver for your breakfast, lunch and snacks. In our experience, a well-fed walker is a happy walker.
Some of our team live in Chamonix year-round and know the area intimately, so they can offer you the best of the variants to the main route and inform you about the unmissable local attractions.
Click on each of the trail points to read about each destination.
This town is dominated by the mighty Mont Blanc massif with tumbling glaciers visible from the main street. There are many attractions including the Aguille Du Midi cablecar with its stupendous views and restaurant, the glacier express railway, and whitewater rafting right in the town. Plus Europe's best selection of outdoor gear shops along its attractive streets.
After walking through the beautiful valley of Contamines you begin the long upwards trek to the Col du Bonhomme where you can enjoy extraordinary views back along the forested valleys, across to the glaciated flanks of Mont Blanc and all the surrounding mountain ranges. There is also a fine refuge to enjoy a picnic lunch.
The walk from the Col de Seigne 2516m down into Italy is truly breathtaking, passing the high Refuge Elisabetta and soaring mountain spires. The Italian ski town of Courmayeur provides a welcome taste of civilisation at the midway point of the trek.
Your first stop in Switzerland lives up to the hype – the picture-perfect scenery of the Val Ferret is hard to overstate. La Fouly sits at the head of a verdant forested valley, populated by small hamlets of old Swiss wooden chalets. It is one of the most enjoyable sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc.
This stunning walk high above the Chamonix valley is truly exhilarating as you look across at the jagged spires of the Mont Blanc massif and the immense glacier of the Mer de Glace. It is also the best section to see chamois and ibex on the rocky ledges. Enjoy a meal at Lac Blanc Refuge and the stunning mountain views.
Europe's highest peak at 4810m dominates the skyline as you walk around the Mont Blanc massif. Massive glaciers tumble down the flanks of the mountain to the valleys around it's sides.
June through September is the recommended time to travel if you want to walk the circuit. Outside of these times the passes are most often blocked with snow and it is not recommended for people not experienced with Alpine walking and snow conditions, plus many of the refuges will be closed.
The summer really is the time to aim for safe and enjoyable walking with the maximum options for sleeping. June can still be quite cool and it is not unusual for snow to be on the passes in mid-June but generally speaking during this period you can expect 20–30°C at lower altitudes and at night temperatures can fall below 10°C.
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